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Tech tools are now ‘part of everyday life’ for teachers

Despite the many obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have seen positives shine through in the form of lessons — and gifts — they’ve experienced as a result of being forced to try new things...

Around the world in seven holidays

Students celebrated holidays as diverse as the number of cultures and languages spoken at the school...

Local students respond to Oxford shootings: ‘This should not be normal’

Area students share their thoughts in the wake of the latest U.S. school shooting, this time fewer than 200 miles away...

Learning opportunities for student social-emotional and mental-health support

Special Education Director Kirsten Myers shared the following list of Kent ISD resources that was sent out to special-education and other administrators throughout Kent County following last week’s mass shooting at Oxford High School...

Positive behavior: that’s the ticket

Through incentives such as tickets for good behavior, West Godwin is seeing good results from a positive-behavior intervention program...

Care, concern, collaboration and relationships: pandemic positives

Despite the many obstacles of the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers have seen positives shine through in the form of lessons — and gifts — they’ve experienced as a result of being forced to try new things...

Professor co-authors antiracism glossary

The Antiracism Glossary for Education and Life includes 48 terms and how people have experienced them...

Area schools prepare for the arrival of Afghan refugees

More than 200 participants have attended Kent ISD programs designed to highlight ways to welcome students and their families...

Fitnesspalooza boosts minds, bodies, one another

A mental and physical wellness day in Cedar Springs taught sixth-graders how to cope with stress and advocate for their peers...

New curriculum helps students understand how emotions impact learning

The district created a committee last year to review its social-emotional learning curriculum by defining a vision, considering why it is important and what the district hopes to achieve...

Pandemic-era teaching no longer ‘an impossible task’

Teachers from Cedar Springs and Rockford share their “Lessons of the Pandemic” experiences with School News Network...

Six feet apart, but closer than ever

When the virus forced educators to change course, one Lowell teacher found a way to keep building community despite social distancing. Andrew Sargent shares his “Lessons of the Pandemic” story with SNN...

District begins multi-year effort to improve equity, scholar success

A multi-year initiative, District Equity and Scholar Success Team, will work to embed equity practices into all areas of education...

Gunner, another counseling dog, joins Chillie as greeter, morale booster

The Rockford Education Foundation recently welcomed Gunner the golden retriever to the high school counseling program as a counseling dog...

Pre-teach, teach, reteach

Students learn through a “pre-teach and reteach model,” sometimes receiving instruction three different times as additional support...

Vaccine clinics for GRCC, Kentwood communities focus on accessibility

Leaders at Grand Rapids Community College believe vaccines are an effective tool in slowing the spread of COVID-19, so they are working to make the vaccine process accessible for everyone...
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